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Akeredolu’s aide berates NANS president over comment on tuition hike


[FILES] Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Photo/Twitter/GOVONDO

OSOPADEC decries fraud in bursary payment
Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Mr. Banji Adewunmi, has said that the National President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Danielson Bamidele Akpan, does not have students’ interest at heart.

Adewunmi, who stated this at a press conference in Akure at the weekend, said that Akpan came to Akure, the Ondo State capital, with his executives for personal gratification and not to defend the interest of students.

This was sequel to the open confrontation between the student leadership and Akeredolu last Tuesday over the closure of two tertiary institutions in the state. Akpan had accused the governor of destroying the education sector in the state with his obnoxious policies, accusing him of walking out on them during a meeting to resolve issues relating to increase in tuition.

However, Adewunmi denied all allegations against the governor by the NANS president and described his actions as calculated attempt to misinform the public.The governor’s aide, who disclosed that he was part of the meeting, said the students’ leader demanded personal gratification from the governor rather than discussing issues pertaining to students in the state.

In another development, the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC) has decried fraud in the payment of bursary and scholarship for students of Ondo State. Chairman of OSOPADEC, Gbenga Edema, who stated this at a press conference in Akure at the weekend, said the commission would only pay bursary and scholarship to undergraduates who are in schools.

Protest by some students of Ilaje and Ese-Odo local councils at the headquarters of the commission last week, who demanded payment of 2015/2016 bursaries and rejected the adoption of online registration exercise. Edema noted that it was not the responsibility of the state government to pay outstanding scholarships and bursaries owed by past administration.

He said those who protested to demand 2016/2017 bursaries and scholarships were no longer students, saying they were either out of school or serving their fatherland in NYSC scheme.


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